Spotlight

Challenge and opportunity

Chancellor Carol L. Folt came to Carolina because, she said, “I wanted to be part of something bigger than myself” at a place with a long and rich history. Twenty months later, she told University Board of Trustees on Thursday, that wish has come true in ways she could not have imagined. It has been,…

Celebrating the powwow tradition

Jingles of bells and the beats of hide drums reverberated throughout Woollen Gymnasium as dancers, dressed in brightly colored costumes of feathers and furs, twirled around the room — much like their ancestors had done for generations. The vibrant performances, held March 28, were part of the Carolina Indian Circle’s 28th annual powwow. The celebration,…

Sweet collaboration

Carolina, Duke and N.C. State are all competing in the NCAA Sweet 16 this week. But back on our campuses, we’re also proud of the ways we collaborate as world-class research universities – and the Sweet way we can have a little fun on social media together. Check out our joint Twitter, Instagram and Facebook…

Harnessing the power of the immune system

Two new faculty members have joined the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to help launch groundbreaking immunotherapy clinical trials that will test an experimental treatment in which patients’ own immune cells are genetically engineered to fight their cancer. The clinical research program will be the first of its kind at UNC Lineberger and in North…

Heroes in blue coveralls

Sure, it’s sunny and warm now, but think back a couple of weeks when the campus was covered with snow, then ice, then even more snow. On those days when the University was closed or on a delayed schedule, most employees could hit the snooze button and roll back over. Most, but not all. Faster…

Starting a (Carolina) Conversation

In small groups surrounding a dozen tables, more than 130 Carolina students, faculty and staff filled the Aquarium Lounge of the Frank Porter Graham Student Union on March 23. Chancellor Carol L. Folt, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Winston Crisp, Vice Chancellor for Workforce Strategy, Equity, and Engagement Felicia Washington and several other University leaders…

The gift of transplant

David Gerber had completed his general surgery internship and was beginning his second year of residency at Emory University when he met a recruiter from the U.S. Air Force. It was 1990, and the Gulf War had just begun. The recruiter made the pitch and Gerber listened. The Air Force didn’t immediately need his services,…

Annual Dance Marathon helps Children’s Hospital families

Throughout his six months of battling myelodysplastic syndrome —a form of pre-acute myeloid leukemia associated with Down Syndrome — at UNC Hospitals, William Erkkila often has turned around his bad days by breaking out his dance moves. “He can’t walk, but he can dance,” said Kaitlin Erkkila, the 2-year-old’s mother. During the weekend, William showed…

The innovation engine

Cancer. It’s a scary word encompassing a family of scary diseases that most people will experience in some way at one point or another in their lives. Cancer is insidious, complex and evolving. And even though doctors and researchers have made great strides in fighting many types of cancer, there’s still a lot to learn…